Past Initiative: Administrative Data Program

The Administrative Data Program was initiated in 2016. This program is currently inactive.


The Administrative Data Program developed a new data infrastructure for human service agencies in Washington State and California to support research and data-driven policy. Project partners included Third Sector Capital Partners, the Social Innovation Fund (SIF), and the Ballmer Group; see the project website.

This data infrastructure, which linked administrative data from different agencies and sources, was successfully deployed to help government agency administrators evaluate program implementation and inform development of outcomes-oriented contracts with subsidized employment providers, home visiting programs, and more. CPI also used the research infrastructure to evaluate the effectiveness of programs designed to improve economic opportunity and reduce educational and health disparities. 

State and local agency partners included:

The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency received technical assistance to address homelessness. The project strengthened the County’s capacity to develop and analyze innovative approaches to integrate housing, health care, and human services. The goal: To improve outcomes for homeless individuals and families.

The Santa Cruz County Human Services Department examined changes in self-sufficiency for individuals who participate in subsidized employment programs as part of CalWORKs. Linked program and outcomes data provided new evidence on employment and earnings outcomes of individuals who participated in these programs. The goal: To evaluate how subsidized employment programs and other welfare-to-work activities affect retained employment, earnings growth, and well-being.

The Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families evaluated its early childhood intervention programs, including Nurse-Family Partnership, Parents as Teachers, and Early Support for Infants and Toddlers, to understand the programs that promote child development and educational readiness. The goal: To improve service delivery and educational and health outcomes for children and families.